Are smartphones giving us ADHD?
London: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is any of a range of behavioural disorders occurring primarily in children, including such symptoms as poor concentration, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. More people reach for their smartphones first thing in the morning than reach for coffee, a toothbrush or even the partner lying next to them in bed. During the day, with a smartphone in our pocket, we can check our email while spending time with our children just as easily as we can text a friend while at work. And regardless of what we are doing, many of us are bombarded by notifications of new messages, social media posts, breaking news, app updates and more. Anecdotal evidence suggests that this pervasiveness of smartphones is making us increasingly distracted and hyperactive.